In 2009 my 46 year old husband was diagnosed with pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma. A year later he passed away. Before this time, I had never heard of the word “sarcoma”. You see, sarcomas are rare- really rare. Although there are more than 30 different types of sarcomas, less than 1% of adults with cancer have a sarcoma diagnosis. Today, it blows my mind at how many people I now know who have been touched by sarcoma. Needless to say, I get pretty jazzed when I find out about sarcoma resources….
Check out the Eric D. Davis Foundation– they provide financial assistance for adult sarcoma patients in active treatment. They can also assist patients with other “rare cancers”—rare being defined as affecting 200,000 or less Americans.
Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…
With sarcoma and other rare cancers, it’s super important to meet with doctors that specialize in that specific disease. In order to do this, patients may need travel out of state for appointments and treatments. To help ease the financial burden of this expense, Eric D. Davis Foundation (Provide for the Assist Fund) offers financial aid to cancer patients with rare cancers to cover costs associated with:
▪ transportation (airfare, tolls, car rental, gas, taxi service)
▪ lodging during treatments
▪ meals during treatments
▪ childcare during treatment
Grants are awarded each quarter based on the schedule below. Patients can receive one grant within a 24 month period. To apply for a grant during the open period, download this EDDF Provide the Assist Application.
Quarter 1 Open Period: February 1st – 28th
Quarter 2 Open Period: May 1st – 31st
Quarter 3 Open Period: August 1st – 31st
Quarter 4 Open Period: November 1st – 30th
To qualify, patients must be 18 years of age or older; residing in the US with valid ID; and currently undergoing active treatment for sarcoma (of any type) or other rare cancer at a treatment facility in the US. To be considered, applications must be signed by a medical professional or social worker. Funds are limited and based on eligibility and availability. There are no income requirements.
For more information on how the EDD Foundation can help adult sarcoma patients, please contact them directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-866-543-4351.